Harvest Blessings


May your first harvest of the season
be abundantly blessed!

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Water Goddess figurine discovered in Germany

From the article:
"Archaeologists have discovered a unique clay figurine that may represent a prehistoric water goddess in Bavaria, Germany.. . Researchers from the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments suggest that local peoples may have worshiped the figurine as a water goddess, seeing the gully as a sacred place for ritual offerings."

(© photo Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments)

News: Goddess figure discovered in Israel

From the article:
“An 8,000-year-old Yarmukian Mother Goddess figurine was found at Sha’ar HaGolan archaeological site, located on the northern bank of the Yarmouk River, in the center of the Jordan Valley. . . 'This woman ceramic figurine is a hallmark of Yarmukian culture,' Eirikh-Rose said. 'This is one of the largest examples of the figurine found. It is of a large, seated woman with big hips, a unique pointed hat and what is known as ‘coffee-bean’ eyes and a big nose. One hand is positioned on her hip and the other one under her breast'."

(© photo Israel Antiquities Authority)


Full Moon Blessings


May the Full Thunder Moon in Capricorn 
bring awakening and inspiration!

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Happy Solstice


Blessings of the Solstice!
May your heart always reflect the Source of all light.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


Happy Full Moon

 Blessings of the Rose Moon in Sagittarius!
May She always reflect the beauty found within.

In Her Name ~ Temple of Learning


1200-year-old Kotravai sculpture found in Villupuram


From the article:
"Archeological enthusiasts unearthed a 1200-year-old Kotravai sculpture embossed in a slab stone near Melmalayanur in Villupuram district. 'The sculpture is five-feet-tall and four-feet-wide and carved onto the slab. We confirmed that it was a sculpture of Kotravai with the four hands.' explained Paneerselvam... Paneerselvam further pointed out that she was wearing a 'panayolai kundalam' (palm leaf ear button) and 'aram' (chain). 'All her hands had 'tholvalai' and 'kaivalai' (jewellery on the shoulder and wrist.) She covered her chest with thick katchai and her hip area had another cloth with a huge knot,' he added. According to the archeological activist, her top right hand held a 'chakra' and the lower one had a bell. A 'sangu' is seen in her top left hand, while her lower one is placed in her hip. A deer rests on the left-side of the sculpture and soldiers are carved on the right-side. Kotravai stands on a buffalo-head, he added."

(© photo EPS)


Egypt Discovers 150 Statues


From the article:  
"Egypt unveiled on Monday a major new archaeological find of 250 sealed coffins containing mummies, 150 bronze statues of ancient gods and goddesses, and other antiquities at the Saqqara necropolis, south of the capital Cairo.   An Egyptian archeological mission working in Bubastian Cemetery area discovered a bronze statues cachette in the site that dates back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told media. 'The cache included 150 different-size bronze statues of gods and goddesses like Anubis, Amunmeen, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet, Hathor, and several bronze pots,' Waziri said."

(© photo Xinhua/Sui Xiankai)


Frescoes Uncovered of Nekhbet and Wadjet


From the article:  "These vibrantly colored ceiling frescoes were discovered by German and Egyptian scholars in the Temple of Khnum in Esna, Upper Egypt. Professor Christian Leitz from the University of Tübingen says that the reliefs in the middle of the ceiling show 46 images of the Upper-Egyptian vulture goddess Nekhbet and the Lower-Egyptian snake goddess Wadjet.  Both have outspread wings and are represented as vultures. Wadjet is distinguished by the Lower Egyptian crown capped with a cobra, while Nekhbet has a vulture’s head and the white crown of Upper Egypt... 

“Temples and ancient depictions of the gods were often painted in brilliant colors,” adds Leitz, “but these have usually faded or even disappeared totally as a result of external influences.” The colors in the Temple of Khnum at Esna have been covered in dirt and soot for about 2000 years, which has helped to preserve them. Experts were previously unaware of the beauty of the color employed in portrayals of the “Two Ladies,” Nekhbet and Wadjet, which has now been disclosed.  

“From the 1950s, the French Egyptologist Serge Sauneron systematically documented the Temple of Khnum at Esna and the paintings that were visible at that time,” adds Tübingen scientist Dr. Daniel von Recklinghausen, “The temple’s complete range of images is unique in its wealth of figures and the state of preservation of the colors.” A crew led by Ahmed Emam has cleaned, conserved, and recorded more than half of the ceilings and eight of the 18 columns. In addition, the middle section of the ceiling’s two architraves – horizontal beams that support the superstructure – have been cleaned of soot. “For the first time we can see all the decorative elements in relation to one another,” adds Christian Leitz."

(© photo Ahmed Amin / MoTA)